|This article is about a character in Umineko When They Cry.|
Kawabata wears a dark green cap, white shirt, and blue vest. He has black hair.
Kawabata shows some disdain for people who talk about the Rokkenjima Mass Murders just to drive up ratings. He has some devotion to the Ushiromiya family and is happy at the thought he'll be able to finish the job he started long ago. Kawabata also has a great memory, remembering many details about the Ushiromiyas even after 12 years.
Kawabata was one of several boat captains employed by Kinzo long ago for the purposes of bringing the Ushiromiya family members to and from the island. Kawabata's services also included disposing of trash and ferrying goods to the hidden harbor on Rokkenjima. He knew about the hidden mansion Kuwadorian and suspected that a person named Beatrice really was confined to the island, as many of these goods were things only women would use. After over 20 years of service, one day in 1968, Genji informed Kawabata and the other captains that there was no need to go to the hidden harbor anymore, seemingly due to Beatrice's death. Genji told Kawabata never to speak about Kuwadorian or the Hidden Side until the day he died
Kawabata retired sometime after the Rokkenjima Mass Murders due to contracting a serious illness and would live with his son and daughter-in-law in their bed shop. In 1998, Ange approaches Kawabata and asks to be taken to Rokkenjima one last time.
- Kinzo Ushiromiya (former employer)
Role in the Story
Kawabata does not have a sprite, however he brings the Ushiromiyas to the island.
In 1998, Ange visits him to learn more about his history with the Ushiromiya family. Kawabata agrees to bring Ange to Rokkenjima since he felt he couldn't complete his job of bringing the Ushiromiyas back safely from the island that fateful day and feels he can finish it now that Ange is here. Ange goes downstairs and starts crying when she sees something in the bed shop however Kawabata is confused.
As they travel to the island, Kawabata explains the Hidden Side on Rokkenjima and the existence of Kuwadorian. He has no idea how Eva found the hidden mansion as Kawabata himself never saw it and never guided her to it.
In the Trick Ending, Kawabata brings Ange to the island however she shoots and kills him, thinking he was going to betray her.
- His name contains the kanji for "river".
- According to Answer to the Golden Witch, his name is a homage to a long-existing family line in Leaf, a PC game-maker software.